Alternatives to Formalin/Formaldehyde?

Stephen R. Lasky, Ph.D. Stephen_Lasky at
Fri Mar 31 09:54:40 EST 1995

> On Sun, 26 Mar 1995 03:30:07 GMT,
>   Mark Thorson writes:
> What's the difference between formalin and formaldehyde?  I've read
> that formalin is commonly used for chemical sterilization of food
> processing equipment.

I believe that 100% formaldehyde is a gas so the solution that you
normally get as formaldehyde is actually 37% formaldehyde gas in water. 
This solution is also called formalin.


Stephen R. Lasky, Ph.D.
Roger Williams Medical Center/Brown University
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